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Commercial Exchange of Philadelphia Records

Collection ID

URB 52

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Description

Collection Summary

Title
Commercial Exchange of Philadelphia Records

Dates
1855-1959      

Collection ID
URB 52

Creator
Commercial Exchange of Philadelphia

Quantity
6 linear feet (13 boxes)          

Repository
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Language
Materials in English.  

Detailed Collection Information

Historical Note

Organized in 1854 as the Corn Exchange, the mission of the organization was "to provide and maintain suitable accommodations for general business exchange in the City of Philadelphia; to inculcate just and equitable principles of trade; to acquire, disseminate and preserve valuable business information, and to adjust controversies and misunderstandings between members of that body." In 1867, the Corn Exchange changed its name to the Commercial Exchange.

The Exchange, headquartered in the Bourse after the 1890s, monitored the grain trade in the city and maintained standardized scales for equitable weighing procedures. In addition, it lobbied for port improvements as well as trade and tariff legislation. Other important activities of the Exchange included raising a military company during the Civil War, and providing valuable assistance to the Food Administration during World War I in its enforcement of rules and regulations.

Description of Collection

This collection contains annual reports, Board of Directors’ minutes, briefs of the major legal opinions from 1891 to 1930, and a scrapbook covering 1900-1940.

Organization and Arrangement

The records of the Commercial Exchange are divided into two series.

Series 1: Annual reports, 1855-1935
Series 2: Minutes and historical materials, 1891-1959

Series 1, Annual reports, offers a detailed picture of the commodity trade in the city. Yearly statistics indicate the quantity and value of products and the amount of trade with each country. They also include the reports of the Exchange's committees.

Series 2, Minutes and historical materials, contains Board of Directors beginning in 1910. There are also briefs of the major legal opinions from 1891 to 1930, and a scrapbook covering 1900-1940.

Patron Information

Research Access

Collection is open for research.

Collections Stored Off-Site

This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository, and require up to two business days to retrieve. Please review the finding aid and be prepared to identify specific materials to be retrieved. Contact the Special Collections Research Center in advance of your visit, so that materials may be relocated to the reading room for research.

Publication and Copyright Information

The Commercial Exchange of Philadelphia Records are the physical property of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. Intellectual property rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for determining the identity of rights holders and obtaining their permission for publication and for other purposes where stated.

Preferred Citation

[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], Commercial Exchange of Philadelphia Records, URB 52, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Donated by the Commercial Exchange of Philadelphia through John M. Rogers, Executive Secretary, December 1981, Accession 492.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised according to contemporary archival standards in June 2015.               

Index Terms

The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:

Corporate Names:
Commercial Exchange of Philadelphia

Subjects:
Commerce -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
Finance -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia

Places:
Philadelphia (Pa.)

Material Types:
Legal documents
Manuscripts
Minutes
Reports
Scrapbooks

Inventory

Series 1: Annual Reports, 1855-1935

1          1-5          Annual Reports          1855-1884

2          6-8          Annual Reports          1885-1898

3          9-12          Annual Reports          1899-1912

4          13-16          Annual Reports          1916-1935

Series 2: Minutes and Historical Materials, 1891-1959

5          1-6          Board of Director's Minute Book          1910-1914

6          7-16          Board of Director's Minute Book          1915-1920

7          17-25          Board of Director's Minute Book          1921-1925

8          26-34          Board of Director's Minute Book          1926-1930

9          35-45          Board of Director's Minute Book          1930-1935

10          46-55          Board of Director's Minute Book          1936-1943

11          56-64          Board of Director's Minute Book          1943-1951

12          65-72          Board of Director's Minute Book          1952-1959

13          73-74          Legal Opinions          1891-1930

13          75          Scrapbook          circa 1900-1949